The first three bronze fish moulds have been poured and were ready to be opened. Sixth class gathered around as three volunteers hammered open the clay moulds to reveal the bronze fish. The cast fish still have the breathers and
Panel inspired by ‘mould and cast’ fossils. Today third and fourth classes worked on a clay panel, which we then cast in plaster. This panel will form the back of the museum cabinet, which will be part of the final
Oldhamia radiata. Thomas Oldham discovered fossils of radiating fans shaped impressions on Bray Head in 1840 when he was director of the Geological Survey. These fossils were named after him. For a while these were considered the oldest fossil in
Sixth class have each made a fish in wax. We have made clay moulds of these fish and sent them to the foundry to be cast. Today’s demonstration showed this process and also helps us understand the work the Bronze
We had a wonderful day pit firing the clay work made by fifth class. We began at 9.15am and during the day every class visited the pit fire and found out about fire, and the Neolithic people who first made
Tomorrow, Wednesday 18th March is looking good for our on- site pit firing of the fifth class’s work. Here we are on the beach collecting seaweed and driftwood for our fire. We will start digging our pit at 9.15.
The museum cabinet is very old and shows its own traces of use over the years. It once housed stuffed birds or animals in the Natural History Museum so we are very happy to have it as part of our
Today was a lovely day and ideal for melting out the moulds. We used a homemade flat pack kiln. This is made with a metal frame and insulation non flammable material. We used gas to heat it. The moulds were
Here we are; goggle eyed from all the studio work! We are going to use the ‘Lost Wax Casting’ technique to turn the wax fish into bronze. The oldest known examples of this technique are the objects discovered in the
Can you find Saoirse’s drawing engraved on a sea stone? Senior Infants, you all have a drawing engraved on a stone that will become part of our big sculpture this year. Here are some of the stones.